According to the executive director of the Acquired Brain Injury Network, each year, more than 54,000 individuals suffer brain injuries in the state of Pennsylvania. While sometimes the injured individual recovers with little to no ill effects, other individuals are not as lucky. Two residents of Pennsylvania, who have managed to do great things for the brain injury community despite having to deal with the aftereffects of their own serious brain injuries, were recently honored. They were recognized by the Acquired Brain Injury Network of Pennsylvania Inc.
The 67-year-old man suffered his brain injury in a car accident while the 93-year-old woman was hurt in a workplace accident. Both were injured decades ago at a time when little was known about brain injuries. Throughout the years they both had to deal with misdiagnosis and hours of rehabilitation and medical appointments.
Their personal experience dealing with brain injuries makes them perfect candidates for speaking on the subject. Throughout the years they have undoubtedly helped not only those dealing with the injury but others who are caring for or in relationships with brain injury patients.
There are a variety of situations in which a brain injury might be suffered, including electrocution, stroke, workplace accidents and car crashes. Dealing with a brain injury can be expensive and those facing it could struggle with how to cover those bills. In some cases a brain injury might make it impossible for a person to continue to work. When this happens a person could decide to seek Social Security Disability from the federal government. Because these benefits are not always easy to secure, many find it beneficial to work with a lawyer familiar with the system.
Source: Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, “Two with brain injuries honored,” Kathleen Ganster, April 10, 2014